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Student group to hold auction to help kids


A group of Montana State University-Northern students is holding an auction Tuesday to help pay for a dinner and gifts for some children who are members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line.

"We are trying to target kids needing new shoes," said Lynette Crasco of the Heavenly Seven Project.

Crasco said 10 to 15 items and baskets of items donated by people and businesses in the area will be auctioned by Shane Ophus of Big Sandy starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the center stage in front of Herberger's in the Holiday Village Shopping Center.

A 50-50 raffle also will be held during the auction, she said.

The auction items include a Black Hills gold ring, a basket of movie tickets, a basket of items to winterize a car, a basket of coupons for bowling, and a basket of videos.

The items will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m.

The proceeds of the raffle and auction will be used to buy Nike shoes and pay for a banquet the evening of Dec. 11 for the children and their families, where the shoes will be presented, Crasco said.

The project is part of an assignment for associate professor Mark Seiffert's small-group communications class at Northern, Crasco said. Projects by other groups in the class have included helping the ReSponse domestic violence program at the university and putting on a play at the Boys & Girls Club.

Seiffert said this is the second year he has assigned community projects.

"This is a small-group communications class so I require them to be in a small group and actually accomplish something for a nonprofit in the community," he said.

Crasco said her group, which adopted its name because it has seven members and because of the nature of its project, selected children by having parents sign up their children.

Crasco said her group may continue its work after the class is over. If not, she said that she hopes someone else will step in to continue the project next year.

For more information about the project or to arrange a donation, contact Crasco at 945-2206.


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